For Work / Against Work
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"Drawing the Line: Organizations and the Boundary Work of “Home” and “Work”"

by Nippert-Eng, Christena (2003)


Consider your keys; calendars; purse and/or wallet contents; commuting, drinking, and reading habits; your lunchtime and vacation plans; the photographs in your living room and work space; and the people with whom you socialize. These items, along with numerous others, have one thing in common. They are dimensions through which each of us draws the line between home and work. Often practical yet eminently symbolic, publicly visible yet intimately revealing, these are the kinds of activities through which each of us places a mental, physical, and behavioral boundary between these two realms.


Home, Boundary Work


Boundary Work, Home and Work

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